If you hear a knock at the door, open the door! It could be Jim, or it could be an opportunity to find joy in the most unexpected way. Tom opened the door and discovered an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others, and his life too.
By Tom Stanley
I was having some furniture picked up by the House of Hope driver, Jim Wallace. Having recently retired, I asked Jim about the House of Hope resale store and what my furniture donation was funding. Jim mentioned the resale store supports Project Hope, the crisis center, and all their services including a food pantry. He thought I might enjoy volunteering with Hope Ministries. Today, I will be starting my fourth year, buying frozen items we offer at the pantry. I have met people who come to the pantry needing a little extra to get by or getting them through an unexpected set back in their lives. I have seen children excited to be getting a special treat from the pantry, items that many of our children take for granted. I have visited the House of Hope store many times to thank the volunteers who give their time there, allowing me the funds to buy frozen food for the pantry.
Coming of age in the 60’s/70’s and having the good fortune in life, I wanted to give back. I have found that I have gained much more then I have given. I have met and become friends with many wonderful people who are involved with the many aspects of our Ministry. I have seen expressions of joy on children’s faces or happy shoppers at House of Hope when finding something they need at a great price. I recently listened to Paul Schnepf describe the review process for local agencies seeking grants from Hope Ministries. The recipients received a combined $170,000.00 in grant money! Again, from the efforts of the many caring people at Hope Ministries.
Do you have one day a week? A few hours or even one hour to give? See how much you get in return. I often think of Sister Lorraine, who founded the Ministry, she must be looking down on the work being done with a big smile.”
We hope our series of House of Hope stories is a knock at your door to get involved and volunteer at Hope Ministries. We welcome all ages, any amount of time, individuals that can help move furniture, touch up & fix items and help with a variety of in-store tasks. We really need your help, please call Mary Howard at Hope Ministries 847-381-5721.